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Any workable scheme for improving schools in the District that is limited strictly to the District is doomed to fail unless it is some blunt variation of resegregation--but along economic lines rather than racial.

Inter-district busing would work but is not realistic. The failure of the courts was in not imposing busing across school system "boundaries" whose purpose became the reimposition of de facto segregation.

The reality is that you cannot have a majority poor school system that works for the kids. Therefore, you need to somehow "shuffle the deck". For that you have two options: mandatory busing across school district lines, or relocating some greater percentage of poor families in other, lower poverty, school districts. 

The first of these is never going to happen. The second is happening already.

by oboe on Dec 14, 2012 8:23 am • linkreport

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